AEDB’s restructuring/merger with PPIB on cards

ISLAMABAD: Government is mulling to restructure the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) or merge it in the Private Power Infrastructure Board (PPIB) to make it a success story for the energy-starved country.The reports said Director General (DG) of the Board would likely be removed within few days. The decision to send DG AEDB on packing was to be taken in the light of a decision of Islamabad High Court (IHC). Sources in power corridors told Daily Times PML-N government was considering strict action to make AEDB a success story. To make the dream true, restructuring or merger of it in the PPIB would be made in the days ahead as both options were being considered at top level to make the Board a success story. The sources claimed the government has instructed the concerned corners to devise a list of all those who had so far gotten illegal appointment or promotion and point out gaps hampering performance of the Board. The government has also advised to get rid from ‘black sheep’ comprising staff and officials of the Board.A senior official at Water and Power Ministry told DG AEDB Dr Bishart Hussain was to be removed from the slot within next few days and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) would hold inquiry against him as well as against all those who were inducted in the Board illegally and got undue promotion in the past. Reportedly the DG had gotten illegal appointment in 2008 and the IHC on June 23 had declared the appointment of Dr Basharat Hasan Bashir as DG AEDB illegal and ordered all perks and privileges given to Bahshir from 2008 till date should be taken back. The Court had also ordered to hold inquiry against the appointment of Dr Bishart Hussain besides registering first investigation report against the officials involved in his appointment and the case should be referred to NAB.With this decision of getting rid from all those who got illegal appointments and promotions, officials still working with the AEDB were found deeply worried about the fate of their jobs, said a senior official at AEDB. He said an official of Power Ministry had gotten eight increments from the Board. AEDB during last eight years could not achieve any significant target, as it could not add a single unit of power in the system till 2010 since its establishment. More, as per sources team members’ of an audit team conducted audit of the Board pointed out corruption and malpractices has been made part of it. Even an auditor of very team was currently working on senior slot of the Board.

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